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Aides: GOP make offer on Zika holdup; Dems welcome move

6 months 1 week 5 days ago September 15, 2016 Sep 15, 2016 Thursday, September 15 2016 September 15, 2016 1:40 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

WASHINGTON - Congressional aides say Republicans are proposing to drop a restriction on Zika-fighting money for Planned Parenthood as negotiators try to reach a deal and adjourn Congress for the fall campaign.

Democrats are welcoming the move. It would address their chief complaint to a GOP plan intended to combat the mosquito-borne virus.

The money would be added to must-pass legislation intended to prevent a government shutdown.

The plan by Senate GOP negotiators would allow Zika money in Puerto Rico to be distributed to some clinics affiliated with Planned Parenthood - a group many Republicans dislike because of the abortion services it provides.

The congressional aides weren't authorized to public discuss the negotiations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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